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At a glance

Despite ratifying the Convention against Torture in 1996, Malawi faces many challenges in respecting and implementing human rights standards on its territory. In custody, unlawful killings and the use of torture persist with impunity. People with albinism are targeted for their body parts and are victims of discrimination and violence. They live in fear, as there are many reported cases of people with albinism killed for ritual purposes and in the superstitious belief that their body parts bring luck in business and politics. The High Court investigated and prosecuted those cases, and people have been sentenced to death for such crimes. The non-abolition of death penalty is another alarming issue. Human rights defenders are also the target of death threats and intimidations.

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